at Zalando SE (view profile)
Location Hamburg, Germany
Date Posted November 28, 2018
Category European Union - EU Blue Card Jobs
Germany - Residence Permit Visa Jobs
Job Type machine-learning



Department: Zalando Media Solutions

Reports to: Head of Engineering

Team Size: 5

Recruiter Name: Ankita Tomar

As a Product Development Lead, you will lead our Co-Curated Products team in Hamburg, working on our paid recommendations solution. You will own the product roadmap and will be responsible for engineering and people leadership. You will collaborate with Scientists, Engineers, Business Owners as well as Sales, Operations, Analysts etc. to revolutionize data-driven optimization of our advertisement campaigns. Each day will consist of exciting commercial questions, interesting technical challenges and trustful collaboration within your team.


  • Easily translate strategic goals and business targets into a compelling product-roadmap giving direction for your team and stakeholders. This work is based on a close collaboration with commercial counterparts and experts within your team.
  • Ensure creating an efficient development methodology in your team and you contribute to a high level of operational excellence.  
  • You encourage your team to grow their skills and capabilities through discovering and following their passion and purpose. Furthermore grow your team by bringing great talent.


  • Technology. Hands-on technical background in high-load, low-latency transactional systems is strongly preferred. Expertise in Statistics, Machine Learning, Data Science is a very big plus. Also, expertise in B2B self-service applications would be highly appreciated. Experience in particular tech stacks are not important, but familiarity with open source technologies is a plus.
  • Leadership. At least 3 years of team leading, coaching and mentoring experience with working knowledge on complex data-driven products. Leading, coaching and mentoring software engineers, product managers and data scientists.
  • Product. Ability to understand our clients and business strategy with expertise in product management and stakeholder management and be able to facilitate collaboration between diverse contributors.
  • Domain expertise. You have expertise in one or more of the following areas: Data-driven optimization (e.g. online advertising, E-commerce, social media, P2P lending, online gaming, trading, recommender systems, etc.), Statistics, Machine Learning, Data Science, Test design and analysis (A/B testing), Software Engineering, particularly in high-load transactional systems
  • Passion. You are passionate and willing to take risks. You are determined to achieve the highest possible result and enjoy the collaboration across different teams and roles.


  • Culture of trust, empowerment and constructive feedback, open source commitment, meetups, game nights, 70+ internal technical and fun guilds, knowledge sharing through tech talks, internal tech academy and blogs, product demos, parties & events
  • Competitive salary, employee share shop, 40% Zalando shopping discount, discounts from external partners, centrally located offices, public transport discounts, municipality services, great IT equipment, flexible working times, additional holidays and volunteering time off, free beverages and fruits, diverse sports and health offerings
  • Extensive onboarding, mentoring and personal development opportunities and an international team of experts
  • Relocation assistance for internationals, PME family service and parent & child rooms* (*available in select locations)

We celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.


At Zalando Media Solutions we create meaningful connections between brands and consumers through a deep understanding of their personalities. We work with brands, agencies and publishers from fashion and beyond to produce innovative, impactful campaigns that reach the right audience at the right moment. Thanks to its holistic mix of cutting-edge and privacy compliant technology, in-depth audience insights, expansive reach and compelling content brands produce successful campaigns across multiple digital marketing channels.

Our team spearheads our data-driven advertising solutions, which plays an important part in our platform strategy. Here, you’ll be involved in creating end-to-end, data-driven solutions that improve the experience of both our end consumers and advertising clients. You will collaborate with a wide range of teams across Zalando to continuously improve our company-wide data-driven optimization culture and infrastructure. You will pioneer data/evidence driven optimization of business at Europe’s largest fashion online retailer, and push the boundary of what is possible.

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